At the cost of a historic comeback, seven strokes behind at the start of the last lap, Justin Thomas (29) won Sunday in Tulsa the second PGA Championship of his career after his victory in 2017. The American is imposed at the expense of Will Zalatoris in the play-off.
Justin Thomas (29) not only registered his name for the second time on the PGA Championship list, Sunday evening in Tulsa (Oklahoma). On the Southern Hills green, the American has also earned a nickname. It is indeed now appropriate to call him Justin “comeback” Thomas. To be able to lift the trophy for this second Grand Slam lift, five years after his first victory in the event, in 2017 in Quail Hollow (North Carolina). The hero of the weekend in golf was indeed seven strokes behind leader Guillermo Pereira before setting off for the last course. The ninth in the world ranking before the kick-off of this 104th edition of the USPGA has thus equaled the record of John Mahaffey, who had also achieved the incredible feat of recovering from a deficit of -7 in the last lap, in 1978 in this same second Major of the season. An exceptional performance which also (and above all) owes a great deal to the huge failure of the Chilean Pereira, yet in the lead since the third round when he was only playing his second career Major.
Thomas: “I couldn’t believe it”
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The 27-year-old Chilean having completely cracked when his most beautiful title was offered to him, it was in the play-off between Will Zalatoris, already second in the Augusta Masters last month, and Thomas, who then only presented fourteen titles to his name, that this 104th edition of the PGA Championship was decided. Coming from nowhere, the more experienced of the two golfers (Thomas is 29, against 25 for Zalatoris) made the difference on the second hole of this play-off (hole number 17, par 4) with a drive that landed directly on the green. A fatal birdie for Zalatoris which, on the other hand, then allowed Thomas to pop the champagne after this unimaginable comeback. “I couldn’t believe I was in a play-off,” the winner then confessedwithout yet really realizing the scope of what he had just achieved in Oklahoma.